1050 WHN flips from Country to All-Sports WFAN

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Previous Format: Country WHN
New Format: Sports WFAN
Date & Time Of Change:July 1, 1987 at 3:00pm
More Info: Wikipedia

Jeff Smulyan had an idea. What if you could recreate barroom discussion of sports on a 24 hour radio station. Lucky for Jeff, he happened to be the President of Emmis Broadcasting, which happened to have an AM outlet in New York that would be a perfect testing ground for the format. WHN had become a legend in the previous 15 years it had with the Country format, with many New York DJ’s that will go into any New York Radio Hall of Fame: Del Demontreaux, Lee Arnold, Dan Daniel, and Dan Taylor to name a few. Equipped with rights to the defending World Champion New York Mets, WFAN signed-on and without making much of a dent in the ratings it did make a name for itself locally and nationally.

Related Changes: 1050 WFAN Moves To 660; WYNY Becomes Country 97

Comments

  1. David says


    And in Philly, a soft rock station had already been pioneering sports radio by devoting nights or at least evenings to sports talk for approximately the past year or two. That station was WFAN’s now-sister station WIP, which completed its transition from Adult Contemporary to Sports about four or five months after WFAN signed on. This programming move made WIP, I presume, the second all-sports radio station in the world. WFAN moved from 1050 AM to its current 66 AM fifteen months later (in what I like to call The Great New York City Radio Switcheroo (in which WFAN’s then-owners ended the latter frequency’s occupant, WNBC, and almost a month earlier, swapped WYNY’s and WQHT’s frequencies)). The original WFAN was temporarily replaced by Spanish station WUKQ (owned by 620 WSKQ), in turn replaced the following January by WEVD, as it moved from 97.9 FM and was replaced by WSKQ-FM .

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